For the first time in its history, Major League Baseball will make a regular stop in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, next season.
On April 29-30, 2023, the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants will meet at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu, home of the Diablos Rojos del Mexico.
“We are lucky to have a loyal and passionate group of fans in Mexico. It will be an honor to showcase our team in the Mexican capital,” Padres President and CEO Erik Greupner said in a statement Wednesday.
“We look forward to showcasing the rivalry between the Giants and Padres in front of passionate fans. This will be a great opportunity to introduce the Giants to an international audience with the goal of gaining new fans throughout Mexico,” said San Francisco General Manager Larry Baer.
Since 1996, Major League Baseball has limited its three regular season appearances in Mexico to the city of Monterrey. Since the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, matches have also been played in Tokyo, Sydney and London.
In December 2019, a two-game series between the Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Mexico City was announced for April 2020, but was later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.